November 2023 Evolve Care Group celebrated its much-anticipated annual “away day,” marking a heartening return to the tradition after a hiatus due to the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Since its inception in 2006, the event has evolved into an increasingly special and meaningful gathering, bringing together diverse Teams, Leaders and Guests from across the Evolve group.

The central aim of the Evolve annual “away day” was to launch the 2024 Evolve Care Academy’s year long training programme #TheAliceYears. This particularly enchanting theme choice was not arbitrary but strategically aligned with Evolve’s overarching mission—to ensure that all individuals engaged in social care experience lives imbued with dignity, independence, and overall well-being. The theme drew parallels with Alice’s journey in the classic tale, emphasising the significance of embracing one’s true self. Much like Alice navigating societal expectations and constraints, Evolve fosters an environment where each team member is encouraged and supported in recognising and harnessing their unique qualities and strengths.

The venue for this extraordinary occasion was transformed into a magical immersive experience by the creative touch of Event-Trees based in Oadby who create stunning environments with artificial foliage and trees.  The room underwent a stunning metamorphosis, featuring a central magic oak tree, a captivating walkway tunnel adorned with forestry, and a themed musical entrance channeling the whimsical spirit of Carroll Lewis’s iconic tale.

Our teams were welcomed by the ever-prompt White Rabbit, setting the stage for a day filled with inspiration and learning. The Wonderland-themed setting played a crucial role in enhancing the learning experience.  As the team stepped into a world inspired by the iconic tale, the whimsical environment became a key element in fostering creativity and understanding of the day’s training programme.

As the day’s event drew to a close, the festivities seamlessly transitioned to the evening at Evolve’s Bristol-based office. The third-floor training room underwent a captivating makeover, becoming a magical winter wonderland. Event planners orchestrated an enchanting ambiance complete with a sit-down dinner, complimentary bar, a full-length photo mirror, a DJ and dancing.  Adding to the magical atmosphere, guests were encouraged to dress in white or blue, with the assistance of a face painter to enhance the winter wonderland theme. Blue drinks upon arrival and delectable blue and white desserts added the finishing touches to a night that was as unforgettable as it was enchanting.

Bonding experiences during the evening strengthened connections among teams; if we have a strong connection with each other, we have a better understanding and connection with the people we care for.

Evolve Care Group is passionately devoted to investing in its people. The Group strongly encourages and supports the personal and professional development of all team members, offering comprehensive career pathways. The fact that the majority of Evolve’s senior leadership team has each poured their passion in to over 10 years to working for Evolve stands as a testament to the significant investment in the growth and well-being of its people.

No matter what we do or how unique it seems, our mission is deeply rooted in caring for the individuals in our homes. Our training, done in our own way and going above and beyond a standard care certificate, is a testament to our commitment to passionately supporting everyone in our Evolve community. This is not just about meeting a standard; it’s about going above and beyond. This is our purpose in care—striving to enhance lives with dignity, fostering independence, and ensuring that our training reflects the heartfelt dedication we bring to the well-being of those living in our care.

Discover the incredible opportunities that Evolve can offer you and if curious about our year-long programme see our Training Calendar which highlights courses for those new to the care sector, clinical skills programmes for nurses, leaders of tomorrow and many more comprehensive training plans that reflect our commitment to fostering a culture of continuous learning.

Join our community and embark on the transformative journey of #TheAliceYears – your evolution starts here!